Cam York came back from his time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with more confidence in his game, especially on the power play.
Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo was impressed. Before York returned to the AHL for the All-Star break, he had started to shoot the puck more, and Yeo was glad he kept that mentality after 13 road games.
With York on point, the struggling power play scored against the Florida Panthers and had another good chance against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s an example of how York’s insurance could help turn the tide on the power play.
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“I think we’ve all watched power plays, dangerous power plays and how important a weapon taking point shots is,” Yeo said, as the Flyers prepared to host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night. .
But to add York to the power play, someone had to leave the unit. Defender Ivan Provorov, who played point on the first and second unit, was eliminated. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving the unit for good, though.
“I think it must be very smooth,” Yeo said. “Obviously when things aren’t going well, we have to be open to making changes.”
Since Provorov responded with a very solid game against the Hurricanes, Yeo said they always keep him in mind.
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“We will look to make changes if things don’t pan out,” Yeo said. “We had one two games ago and we didn’t have a last game. It’s not like we’re going to change every power play, but at the same time we have to deliver results. »
The last game against Montreal remains bitterly in the minds of the Flyers. In front of a DJ, a drum line and a pile of empty seats, the Flyers’ three-game winning streak was cut short by a 4-3 shootout loss.
Yeo said he will bring back those bad memories, along with the reminder that the Flyers have lost two straight games and will be playing in front of a home crowd.
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While the Canadiens (15-35-8) have a worse record than the Flyers, they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games with wins over the Calgary Flames (No. 1 in the Pacific) , the St. Louis Blues (No. 2 in the West) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 3 in the Atlantic).
The Canadians have been buoyed by a top-notch offense that has averaged 3.7 goals over the past 10 games. Yeo recalled that they like to shoot pucks at the net, and he said he was impressed with their forecheck recently.
Scott Laughton (concussion) returned safely with the team. Yeo doesn’t have a timeline, but said Laughton felt better when he spoke to her on Saturday. … The lines shifted again, this time significantly. Morgan Frost will play on the wing with Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny. Joel Farabee will be back on the line with Cam Atkinson and Derick Brassard. Gerry Mayhew will return to the third row, alongside Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk. Oskar Lindblom will play on the fourth line with Zack MacEwen and Patrick Brown.